Senior class President and Summit editor Matt Gorman came away with this year's Mr. Stonehill crown on Saturday as 12 of Stonehill's most talented male students showcased their style and skill at the 12th annual competition.
Three-time contestant Randy Jose '12 was the crowd favorite as he received the People's Choice Award and shared the Best Talent Award with Tim Rose '12. Jay Ardizzoni '11 was this year's Mr. Congeniality and Mark Kudlate '11 won the Best Swimsuit category. Tracy Denholm '13 won the prize for Best Formal Wear.
"Without a doubt, I was shocked when I won," said Gorman afterwards. "The thing about Mr. Stonehill is you really don't do it to win. It's not a competition, it's really more of a show. The awards hold it together a bit, but the 12 guys are really a team. We just want people to enjoy themselves. Winning for us is getting the crowd going and giving them something to remember."
And remember they did. The night's talent portion featured a wide-array of memorable performances, highlighted by Jose's Justin Timberlake-inspired dance routine and Rose's Dr. Seuss-style tribute poem to his father. Other stand-outs included Asad Shahid's snare drum routine, Jeff Leonard's comedic stand-up and Gorman's interpretive dance number.
"I figured I had five minutes and I might as well leave it all out there," said Gorman, who got the crowd moving to the Pointer Sister's "Jump" before being joined on stage by his suitemates for Donna Lewis' "I Love You Always Forever."
Kudlate's mermaid (or "mer-man" as he prefers) Poseidon costume took top honors in the swimsuit category. Other crowd favorites included Jose as the Jersey Shore's Snooki, Mark White's (a.k.a Uncle Sam's) patriotic trunks, and Gorman's rubber-ducky themed suit.
As always, guest judge John Merian '81 of Tuxedos by Merian in Brockton donated the night's formal wear attire, which featured an assortment of distinguished tuxedos for the guys as well as elegant dresses for their escorts.
"The guys were unbelievable. Like I said before, we are a team. We spent so much time together and we got to know each other really well," said Gorman, who on behalf of all the contestants, gave special thanks to all those involved in putting together the event, particularly programming director Jill Maffeo '11.
"Backstage, the guys were pumping each other up for their talent and greeting them as soon as they got off the stage. We were all genuinely happy for one another. I can't say enough about them. I'm just lucky to be a part of it," Gorman noted.
This year's judging panel included Merian, Vice President for Student Affairs Rev. John Denning, Director of Community Standards Beth Devonshire, Class of 2010 Programming Director Courtney Ryan, Mr. Stonehill 2009 winner Joey D'Agostino '10 as well as students Katrina Organ '11, Marisa Martino '12, William Keough '13, and Chris DeNapoli '14.
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